FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: I was so sad to hear of Frankie’s passing, will this affect the Frankie’s 95th Birthday Festival in anyway?
A: Frankie made it clear that if he didn’t make it to his birthday festival, he wanted everyone to celebrate his life rather than mourn his passing. The Festival will allow the swing dance community to come together in Frankie’s hometown, the birthplace of Lindy Hop, to grieve, to heal and to celebrate his life in a way that will pay tribute to this extraordinary man. As an inclusive community, we think that anyone who wants to be a part of this momentous occasion should be allowed the opportunity. We are reopening registration and encouraging everyone to make the journey to New York City for the greatest celebration of Frankie and the gift of his life.
Q: Is there something I can do to honor Frankie's passing?
A: Live, love, and dance. Also, the organizers of the Festival established the Frankie Manning Fund (see next question). All proceeds from the 95th Birthday Festival will go towards this Fund. If you would like to add a further contribution, please send your donation to HSDS, PO Box 980581, Houston, TX 77098, c/o Frankie Manning Fund.
Q: What is the Frankie Manning Fund?
A: The idea for a Frankie Manning Fund came from The Frankie Manning 95th Birthday Festival. The organizers decided that if the festival generated any revenue in excess of expenses they would give this money to Frankie to be used in any way he saw fit to promote Frankie's legacy and swing music and lindy hop world-wide. This money was to be housed at the Houston Swing Dance Society in a Frankie Manning Fund account and would be disbursed at the request and under the direction of Frankie (one example of how Frankie might have used the money was to provide "dance scholarships" to kids from Harlem to help support them to attend international camps and events like Herrang).
Prior to Frankie's passing he identified three people who he felt would best represent his legacy and were best positioned to make decisions about any fund established in his name: Chazz Young (Frankie's Son), Cynthia Millman (Frankie's Biographer), Judy Pritchett (Frankie's long time companion and someone dedicated to the history of the Lindy Hop and Frankie's legacy). Now that Frankie is no longer with us we are asking these three people to advise us on how we might best be able to distribute these funds to best remember and honor Frankie and to promote the dance he loved. A portion of the funds collected may go to help with Frankie's funeral, burial and tombstone expenses or in some other way that would be most helpful to his family.
H1N1 (swine flu) Concerns:
Q: Are the event organizers going to refund money or change plans for the weekend in any way due to the H1N1 (swine flu) situation?
A: We plan to proceed with Frankie’s 95th Festival as scheduled, and are not offering refunds due to the H1N1 scare. We are of course concerned and will monitor the situation closely. That said, as at any dance event, if you are not feeling well or suspect you may have any type of flu or other transmissible illness, please stay home. In addition, if you have recently traveled to Mexico or been in close contact with someone that has or is suspected of having the flu please stay home. You will be sad that you couldn’t come, we will be sad that you couldn’t come, but 2,000 lindy hoppers will thank you.
Q: I saw on the Web site that a VIP-Plus package for $599 USD was available, what did this include?
A: The limited VIP package included access to the sold-out workshops and Sunday show, access to all the dances (Thursday through Monday), a signed commemorative program, t-shirt, and additional TBA extras from the organizers. There are a limited number of these passes available, e-mail email@example.com for further information.
Q: I want to come, but all of the nights are sold out, is there any way I can still get a ticket?
A: We know Frankie would've loved for everyone to come together, but he also would have wanted there to be sufficient space for everyone to dance. We have opened up a limited number of additional weekend passes to try and honor both of these wishes. In addition, the organizers are continuing to look into additional venue options that will allow even more dancers to come together to celebrate the life of Frankie Manning.
Q: What is your refund policy?
A: No refunds will be given if you are unable to attend the even
Q: I am a darn good dancer and want to be sure I can attend the Master’s Level workshops, how do I do this?
A: Tryouts are required, period. We will have Master’s Level tryouts during the event, please check the Web site and your program for more details.
Q: I heard the Sunday Show is sold out, who do I talk to or bribe to get in?
A: We are really sold out – packed to the gills, balconies collapsing sort of type of sold out. We are working on other options please stay tuned for more information.
Q: Will there be Late Night tickets available?
A: Depending on our final attendance numbers, there might be limited at-the-door late night tickets available, however this option, if it does become available, will be a last minute decision.
Q: I didn't register for a T-shirt when I registered, how can I get one?
A: We will have limited amount of event t-shirts at the door as well as other merchandise.
Q: I can't attend the event but want an event t-shirt; can you mail it to me?
A: No, we suggest finding someone you know to buy one for you while they are at the event.
Q: Will there be spectator pass for my friends who don't dance?
A: Since we are at capacity, we want to make sure our dancing friends are accommodated. However, there are a lot of events that are open to all, for example, the picnic in Central Park!
Q: How do I know if I am registered?
A: In your confirmation email, there's a link and a password. That allows you to check your registration. If you can’t find your confirmation, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Q: Will I get a ticket mailed to me?
A: If you had paid for a full weekend pass you should have received an e-mail with a link to register for competitions. Day pass holders will have sign up at the competitor registration desk, near the regular registration desk, before the competitions.
Q: How do I register for the competitions?
A: Simply follow the link on your registration confirmation e-mail to your personnel registration manager. The price of competitions depends on your selection; you will be asked to pay by PayPal immediately upon completion.
Q: Can I transfer my registration to someone else?
A: Due to the number of transfer requests, we have set up an automated system to facilitate the process. Simply follow the link on your registration confirmation e-mail to your personnel registration manager. In order to complete the transfer, you will need fill out the information listed at the bottom of the page and pay a $5.95 transfer fee.
NOTE: This will transfer your entire registration package to a second person's name. Frankie's 95th Birthday Festival is not responsible for any financial agreements between transferring parties.
Accommodations / Venues:
Q: The hotel you recommended is sold out, what do I do?
A: The accommodations page has been updated with the most recent room block rates and availability. In addition, two new hotels have been added with discounted rates available for the Festival, please check out Web site at: http://www.frankie95.com/accommodations.php
Q: How come the schedule doesn't have locations listed on the website?
A: Check out our handy map with all of the locations: http://frankie95.com/map.php
Housing and Volunteering:
Q: I've signed up for housing, but still have not heard back. What should I do?
A: Please e-mail email@example.com
Q: I am interested in helping out, do you still need people and if so how do I volunteer?
A: Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Video recording and photography policy:
Video recording and photography policy: Still photography and video recording is allowed in general at Frankie 95 Festival, under the following conditions:
- No large rigs, tripods, fixed lights or other equipment that might impede traffic
- No filming of any kind at the Sunday Frankie Tribute Show
- If Festival Staff ask you to not film, you must comply